Western Railway’s Mumbai division runs domestic container train from Vapi in Gujarat to Panipat for the first time

Western Railway has taken best possible efforts to increase its revenue and continued to maintain the momentum. In a major impetus to the various efforts initiated by Western Railway yet another landmark breakthrough was achieved.

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  • The first long distance Non NFR domestic container traffic left from Karambeli Goods Terminal Vapi (Gujarat) to Panipat (Haryana) o­n 02nd September, 2022.
  • Shri G V L Satyakumar, Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Central Division alongwith Senior Railway Officers of Mumbai Division inaugurated this traffic from Vapi.

According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur, Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, the train carried 1200 Tonnes of polyester yarn in 90 containers of 20 feet each. These yarns are used as raw material for production of blankets, carpets and other finished goods by the Mink Industries of Panipat. Aggregation of the raw materials are done from nearby industrial areas of Gujarat such as Silvassa, Vapi and Daman. The train is expected to take 38-40 hours to complete its journey upto Bari Terminal near Panipat, as against 65-70 hrs taken by road transportation. Shri Thakur further stated from now o­nwards it will be a regular traffic o­n this circuit, with an initial average of three rakes per week and a projected estimate of 20 – 25 rakes per month. The earnings from o­ne rake is approx. Rs 22 lakh. Transport Corporation of India (TCI) & CONCOR will be managing the operations for the trains. The industries have welcomed the step taken by railways in providing end to end logistics solutions.

  • Western Railway’s Business Development Unit’s (BDU) team has successfully transferred this totally new traffic from road to rail.
  • This is not o­nly safer, faster, more reliable and environment friendly, but will also reduce the logistic cost of industries significantly and make their products and exports more competitive.

Source: Western Railway -Press Release | Image Credit: MoR